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Vivalon volunteers, flanked by Chief Donor Relations Officer Yvonne Roberts (left) and CEO Anne Grey, deliver more than 150 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need.

   Vivalon, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that advances independence, health and quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities, safely delivered approximately 150 traditional meals to homebound older adults and chronically ill Marin County residents on Thanksgiving morning. With the help of over 40 dedicated volunteers, Vivalon’s annual “Operation ThanksGiving” provided meals to homebound adults enrolled in the Vivalon Nourish and Vivalon Meals on Wheels programs.

   In Marin County, an estimated one in three older adults struggle to put food on the table, and for those living alone, the isolation and loneliness is just as difficult, especially during the holidays. Vivalon’s “Operation ThanksGiving” provided an opportunity for many older adults in Marin to receive a traditional Thanksgiving meal and friendly visit this year.

“Operation ThanksGiving” participants Chris Yalonis, president of VenturePad in San Rafael,
and Roberts provide meals and friendly visits to homebound seniors.
Photos courtesy of Vivalon

   The traditional Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings were prepared in-house by Marin-based Stacy Scott, of Stacy Scott Catering and culinary director at Vivalon’s Jackson Café. Desserts were donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Additionally, Mark Day School made Thanksgiving-themed placemats, and Marin County Girl Scouts made holiday cards – all delivered along with the Thanksgiving meals. For more information, visit

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